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Clare Press is the journalist, author and filmmaker behind the sustainable fashion podcast WARDROBE CRISIS, based on her book with the same name. She also co-hosts the UN’s Ethical Fashion podcast with Simone Cipriani. Formerly, Clare was the first ever Vogue sustainability editor.
In 2001 Raf Simons asked Pieter Mulier to design Menswear at his label. In 2005 Pieter was appointed Accessories Design Director at Jil Sander, and in 2012 he became Couture as Design Director at Dior for Women’s Couture, RTW and Accessories. In 2016, he moved to NYC as Global Creative Director at Calvin Klein. In 2021, Alaïa appointed Pieter Mulier as Creative Director. At Fashion Talks, Pieter Mulier was interviewed by Osman Ahmed, Fashion Features Director at i-D magazine.
Doug Stephens is a bestselling author and founder of the global consultancy RETAIL PROPHET. On the Fashion Talks main stage he provided an incisive look into the future of retail in a post-COVID-19 world, where only brands and businesses who remodel and embrace this new landscape will prosper.
Bertony Da Silva
Fashion Talks was happy to announce as main stage speaker: founder and creative director of Belgian streetwear label ARTE ANTWERP, Bertony Da Silva! This local hero appeared for the first time on a conference stage at Fashion Talks. Bertony was interviewed by Marie Guérin, editor-in-chief of ELLE Belgium, and talked about his career, the importance of your community and finding your path in this industry as a person of color.
Marie Guérin is editor-in-chief of ELLE Belgique/ België. For her fashion is the sweet spot where art meets function but is also an industry that faces many challenges (sustainability, diversity, technology etc). Marie Guérin truly believes that an international magazine has a strong role to play in these developments by questioning, investigating, and acting!
Chris Dercon is an art historian, CURATOR and MUSEUM DIRECTOR. The current president of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais, he has been the director of Volksbuhne Theater, Tate Modern, Haus der Kunst, and Boijmans Van Beuningen.
André Pelgrims is the founder and DIRECTOR of TAKING WING, a company focused on coaching other businesses, leaders and teams. He aims to give people wings, to provide power to teams and stimulate sustainable entrepreneurship. André Pelgrims has talked about 'The road to courageous leadership'.
Jan-Jan Van Essche
FASHION DESIGNER Jan-Jan Van Essche is born in Antwerp, graduated from the Antwerp Academy and has his studio in Antwerp. With his label he aims to develop new insights on contemporary yet effortless male and genderless elegance. AT Fashion Talks, Jan-Jan Van Essche joined the debate "How to Fix Overconsumption: a debate about profit, doubt and what we leave behind" with Vanessa Bruno and Laura Larbalestier, moderated by Anja Aronowsky Cronberg.
The French FASHION DESIGNER Vanessa Bruno founded her brand in Paris in 1996. Inspired by Parisian women and influenced by her mother's Danish culture, she instantly stood out with her premium, effortlessly boho chic infused wardrobe. AT Fashion Talks, Vanessa Bruno joined the debate 'How to Fix Overconsumption: a debate about profit, doubt and what we leave behind' with Jan-Jan Van Essche and Laura Larbalestier, moderated by Anja Aronowsky Cronberg.
Laura Larbalestier is the Buying and Fashion Director of HARVEY NICHOLS and oversees womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and accessories . Previously, Laura worked at Browns and Selfridges. For Fashion Talks, Laura Larbalestier has joined the debate 'How to Fix Overconsumption: a debate about profit, doubt and what we leave behind' with Jan-Jan Van Essche and Vanessa Bruno, and moderated by Anja Aronowsky Cronberg.
Anja Aronowsky Cronberg
Anja Aronowsky Cronberg founded VESTOJ, the platform for critical thinking on fashion, in 2010, and until recently also worked as a Senior Research Fellow in Fashion Theory and Practice at London College of Fashion. For Fashion Talks she will moderate the debate 'How to Fix Overconsumption: a debate about profit, doubt and what we leave behind' with Jan-Jan Van Essche, Vanessa Bruno and Laura Larbalestier.
Osman Ahmed studied at Central Saint Martins in London. Currently he is the Fashion Features DIRECTOR at i-D magazine, and has written about style for magazines including Vogue, The New York Times and Vanity Fair. For Fashion Talks, Osman Ahmed has interviewed the new Creative Director at Alaïa, Pieter Mulier, on our main stage.
Host: Aster Nzeyimana
Aster Nzeyimana is a journalist, presenter and TV-personality. He has been presenting sports news on national television since 2016 and is a big lover of Belgian fashion. For Fashion Talks 2021, Aster Nzeyimana has been your host on our main stage.
Shayli Harrison & Muchaneta Kapfunde
Shayli Harrison is an Antwerp Fashion Department alumna and the founder of Mutani, a digital fashion unitive that produces digital fashion assets for wear in cyberspace. Muchaneta Kapfunde is the founder of FashNerd.com, a digital news site that focuses on the merger of fashion with technology. She is currently one of the leading influencers speaking and writing about the merger of fashion with technology. At Fashion Talks they had an interesting talk about the future and possibilities of DIGITAL FASHION.